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CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers). Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April and May is actually postponed or cancelled. Pantomimes are possible but a few venues and shows may not return and larger venues and tours are unlikely to re-appear before 2021 though we have some hope for some panto ....

News and Reviews by Derek

31st Jan 20 :: Review: Persona
Seen at the Riverside Studios.
23rd Jan 20 :: Review: Sex/Crime
Seen at the Soho Theatre.
18th Jan 20 :: Review: Cops
Seen at the Southwark Playhouse.
12th Dec 19 :: Review: Thriller Live!
Michael Jackson tribute show seen in London with Peter Andre.
7th Nov 19 :: Review: Reputation
Musical seen at The Other Palace.
3rd Nov 19 :: Review: Chemistry
Seen at the Finborough.
29th Oct 19 :: Review: Soho Cinders
With songs by Stiles & Drewe - seen at the Charing Cross Theatre
15th Aug 19 :: Review: Last Bubble
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe
15th Aug 19 :: Review: Misfit Warrior
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe
14th Aug 19 :: Review: Jekyll and Hyde
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe
14th Aug 19 :: Review: George
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe
13th Aug 19 :: Review: A Partnership
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe.
13th Aug 19 :: Review: Lorca: a theatre beneath the sand
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe.
13th Aug 19 :: Review: Romeo and Juliet
Rugby-based version seen at the Edinburgh Fringe
13th Aug 19 :: Review: Are we not drawn onward to a new era
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe
13th Aug 19 :: Review: Pussy in Boots
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe
13th Aug 19 :: Review: Spring Awakening
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe
13th Aug 19 :: Review: Apologies to the Bengali Lady
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe
13th Aug 19 :: Review: Ticker
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe.
13th Aug 19 :: Review: We Want You To Watch
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe.
12th Aug 19 :: Review: Lucrece
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe
12th Aug 19 :: Review: Four Woke Baes
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe.
12th Aug 19 :: Review: The Domestic
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe
11th Aug 19 :: Review: Murder on the Dance Floor
Seen at the Endinburgh Fringe.
11th Aug 19 :: Review: F.Off
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe.
11th Aug 19 :: Review: Oliver!
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe.
11th Aug 19 :: Review: Stoned, Stupid and Stuck
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe.
11th Aug 19 :: Review: The Last King of Porn
Seen at the Edinburgh Fringe.
11th Aug 19 :: Review: Unspoken
Show seen at Edinburgh Fringe.

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23rd Apr 20: Brilliant but are the palying Liverpool Empire this tear 25/05/2020. Asking but no response - ED: Very,unlikely, I would say "no" but we haven't received confirmation.
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2 Liz
11th Mar 20: Oh dear have I missed something! Acting far too over the top with dramatic gestures very distracting. Film cannot be bettered . This is now creaky and showing its age. Some dialogue very indistinct.
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7th Mar 20: This performance was outstanding, the way it was portrayed on stage very clever and it was the superb acting from cast that made it a joy to watch . Myself and three friends came away from the Theatre with nothing but praise of the performance we had seen , again a joy to watch , well done to all .
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1 Pal
7th Mar 20: Terrible- supposedly child friendly but a weird mix up of street cultural references with Shakespearean script- confusing and frankly dislikeable. A fantastic way to put a child off Shakespeare. More interesting for th actor / director than the audience. Perhaps it might be fair to consider Shakespeare knew more about entertaining than the contemporary theatrical teams who feel they have to ‘ mix it up’ to make it relevant to a young person. In the words of my son- ( tearfully) it was terrible...
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2 Veronica Higgins
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5 Sue
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4 Debbie
4th Mar 20: Four and a half stars. Great acting. About 10 minutes too long. Moving, funny. Would like to see more of this actor, writer and company.
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5 Rob
2nd Mar 20: I saw this at Malvern on Sat (29/2) with a small, but appreciative audience. A shame, because it deserved better. Of the several versions of LCL I’ve seen, I thought this was one of the most original, with the ghostly narrations particularly clever. While each and every one of the cast were excellent, the young woman who played the roles of a deceased nurse, Lady Chatterley’s sister and Mrs Betts deserves special mention for the incredibly different and effortless way she switched from one role to the next – a truly brilliant night, thank you.
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5 Julie Kirby
29th Feb 20: Seen this twice absolutely brilliant
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29th Feb 20: Sorry Awful show We left at the interval Bad story line not great singing cannot recommend any part of it
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